This is part of a series of interviews with local bands and musicians who are Volume Denver artists. If you've not already checked it out, Volume is a project by Denver Public Library to gather and share some amazing local talent. You can listen to full albums and songs, make playlists, and even download music to keep using your library card.
Today we get to know a bit more about Brett Randell, a singer-songwriter, yogi-musician, and writer from NY currently based in Denver. Over the past 8 years, Brett has recorded 4 CDs, toured the US and Europe multiple times, and played over 300 shows across the world, including yoga festivals/retreats in Ireland, Iceland, Spain, the UK and Morocco. With an emphasis on melodic storytelling and acoustic finger picking, Brett's clear and powerful style brings a unique energy to the singer/songwriter genre. You can listen to Brett's EP entitled Rise on Volume. Find more of his music at brettrandell.com.
How did you get your musical start?
I actually had a strange and late start to performing as a singer/songwriter. I was mostly an introverted writer and drawer growing up. Although I played some guitar and trumpet when I was little, I never pursued it. It wasn’t until I was interning in NYC in 2007 for a big business that I picked up the acoustic guitar, listened to Salvation by Citizen Cope, wrote my first song, and said, “This is what I’m going to do now.”
From then on, I started playing, writing, performing, and touring nonstop and that took me on acoustic musical adventures across the world for the past decade.
What did music look like for you as you were growing up?
My siblings were very musical and performed a ton. I played some trumpet and learned a few Blink 182 songs on guitar… but I was mostly an introverted weirdo and preferred to draw, write, and explore nature. My grandma was a semi-famous child blues singer in NYC in the early 1900s so me and my siblings all got some of her vocal stylings, but it wasn’t until I hit 20, ten years ago, that I started ramping up music hardcore and dedicating my life to it.
What's your favorite Denver venue to play and why?
I played a really cool 3-gig event at the Museum of Contemporary Art for “Yoga with Live Music in the Galleries,” which was awesome. For a more regular singer-songwriter venue, I really like the layout, vibe, sound and space of The Walnut Room.
What has been your most favorite show and why?
Of mine, or others? Of others… probably seeing either Damien Rice or Hozier at Red Rocks - both mind-blowing shows. Of my own… I’ve loved playing at the West Cork Yoga Festival in Ireland and actually… I like the weirder, connective, and spontaneous gigs, so jamming with 10+ musicians from 6 countries on the rooftop of a hotel in the middle of Istanbul.
Describe your sound in one sentence.
I think… melodic, soulful, story-driven singer-songwriter tunes.
If you could open for any other musical act, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Thank you for to Brett for taking time to chat with us, and thank you for reading!